Updated Thu, Jan 9, 2014 4:49 pm
Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton’s résumé is impressive. After Saturday, he’ll be able to add more to that list as he rounds out his collegiate career in an all-star game at the Citadel in Charleston, S. C.
The Green and White’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and owner of 25 other school records will play his final college game in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl.
“It’s just another great opportunity to showcase skills and so I figured I’d take advantage of it,” Tettleton said.
Tettleton took center stage for the ‘Cats his redshirt sophomore season and over three seasons amassed 9,129 yards and 67 touchdowns. His next step is looking to impress scouts and prove he can play at the next level.
“I want to show them I learned the playbook and that I’m able to be consistent,” Tettleton said. “ Show them that my height doesn’t affect my playmaking abilities. I’m just going to go out there and do what the coaches ask me and see what happens.”
Although reaching the NFL is the ultimate goal, Tettleton says he has been in contact with a few Canadian Football League teams talking contracts, including Hamilton, Montreal and Winnipeg.
“I’ve got to figure out what I want to do,” he said, “and if I do go the Canadian route, honestly, I’d probably sign with the team and not do Pro Day. I’ll probably have to make that decision here in the next month.”
Tettleton will be playing for former Maryland Terrapins head coach Ralph Friedgen on the American Team. The game will feature former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien, TCU’s Casey Pachall and Mid-American Conference stars Roosevelt Nix and Mycal Swaim.
“It’s cool to go up against guys like that and compare yourself and see where you’re at and also, too, learn from them,” Tettleton said.
Despite falling short of a MAC title and dropping four of his final five games for the ‘Cats, Tettleton says he isn’t looking to wash a bad taste out of his mouth.
“My time at Ohio is up and I can look back and reflect at what I did and it’s so special,” Tettleton said. “I have more of a good feeling of what I did there. It’s time to move on to the next part of my life and a lot of what I did there will carry over to here and what I’m trying to do.”
Tettleton’s career includes an upset over Penn State, a Top 25 appearance and winning the first two bowl games in program history. The two-year captain leaves with Ohio’s all-time winningest senior class.
Tettleton and his American squad will face off against the National Team Saturday at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. The game is being broadcasted by Kirkman Broadcasting and can be listened to online here.